I have watched the trailers for Journey to One and I have watched the first two episodes (except the last three minutes of episode 2) of Journey to One this morning, and something seems off about Ekimu.
I think this has a lot to do with his tone of voice and his attitude towards others.
If you remember in one of the trailers, Ekimu says for the Toa to bring him the Mask of Control. I can understand that they want to keep it away from Makuta, but what will Ekimu do with the mask? Also, in the second episode of Journey to One (technically episode one if you don’t count the prologue episode), Ekimu sort of yells at a villager (EDIT: it was Narmoto) and tells him to come with him while he “makes some masks…” The tone of his voice when he says this is somewhat aggravated.
Is Ekimu really going to the forge to make masks, or is he planing something more malicious instead?
And what if the story where Ekimu supposedly saves the island from Makuta is actually a warped story? What if Ekimu was doing something malicious and Makuta created the MOUP to stop Ekimu’s “evil” plan, but failed. Makuta could have been put underground like Journey to One says by Ekimu, so he could not stop him from fulfilling his plans.
And what if the reason the Toa were summoned was for the same reason Makuta in G1 needed the Toa Nuva for his plan, to take over something larger.
The battle between Ekimu and Kulta could have just been planned by Ekimu and Kulta to make everyone trust Ekimu.
Evil does not necessarily mean you are a shadowy mass like Makuta is depicted. Metus in G1 seemed to be a nice guy at first, but it turned out that he was the leader of a dark force. Who is to say that G2 might not have the same idea as G1?
These are just my thoughts. What are yours?